Monday, October 19, 2009

Attention Johns (The Opposite Of Attention Whores) - or - Why I Don't Watch TV

I know that I said I was going to try to clean up my language, but mother fucking ballon boy has stirred my rage pot and I find it hard to not swear at endless hordes of fuck stains who were glued to their TVs that made this stunt go so well. People are willing to do anything to be entertained. Instead of clicking over to CNN.com or listening to the radio for more details as it turns out that Mother Fucking Balloon Boy was a hoax, and as Krumbine points out, an epic one at that, I went for a run and watched the sun rise over the lake. That little run is more awe inspiring to me than any episode of The Wire, or Lost, or Nancy Grace-esque News Meat Grinder will ever be. I'm looking for entertainment outside of the box. Oh, and the half hour shower I took afterward can only be as physically rewarding as, well, this...

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  1. I don't know what "this" is since I'm still at the office and I'm assuming it's a youtube video and it's summarily blocked from viewing eyeballs, but I have to take issue with most everything else said. I can certainly appreciate the desire to abstain from television entirely, but look at the whole reason we invented TV: our lives, for the most part, kinda suck. The minutes add up to long hours; the hours add up to excruciatingly long days; and it's pretty much all we can do just to drag our asses to the end of the day, where we blissfully take our leave from life as we know it and relish in our dreamscapes until we are yanked rudely and unceremoniously from said bliss by the nuisance that is our shrieking alarm clocks, all so that we can suffer the indignity, boredom, and sheer pointlessness of our day-to-day lives.

    Television (along with all other forms of media) offers nugget size vacations from reality. Escapism in it's truest form.

    What I can be critical of is how television seems to have categorically given up all that made it a pioneering standard in escapism: imagination. Creativity. And hell, while we're at it, let's really push the envelope and demand that TV should also inspire and offer hope--any kind of hope, if only it's that "hey, we CAN do something different!".

    I would imagine that many people turned to the likes of youtube as a substitution for this inventiveness, but that honeymoon--comparatively--was short lived and the sheer volume of whining, bitching nobodies clogged up the internets so fast that whatever original, innovative, and inspirational content was quickly drowned out by the likes of Chris Crocker and sxephil.

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  2. I didn't even know what Ballon boy was until the next day...

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